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Organisations of all sizes will find that financial problem-solving is a key requirement of their operations. Company accountants can often provide useful advice in saving money, increasing profits and ensuring future growth. Some firms prefer to hire their own staff to fulfil this role, while others like to use the services of a private accountancy office
Company accountants normally work standard 09:00 to 17:00 office hours. However, they may be required to work overtime, which tends to ne a necessity at busy times such as the end of each month or tax year. In addition, flexible working hours are offered by some positions, depending on personal circumstances
Company accountants tend to be fully-qualified, or well on the way to achieving qualified status. Some staff working in this role study with ACCA, while the CIMA route is by far the most popular way to qualify for this position. Newly-qualified accountants working in this role should earn at least £30,000, while those with vast experience in the role can earn up to £100,000.

Description

Company Accountants work with managing directors and financial controllers. They typically have an aptitude for mathematics, accounting or finance. There are several items that they are responsible for. These may include:
• Payrolls
• Budgets
• Accounts
• Ledgers
• Taxes
• Bank and currency accounts
• Invoices
A Company Accountant usually performs any of the following tasks:
• Forecasting
• Auditing
• Controlling expenditure
• Bookkeeping
• Monitoring financial transactions
• Attending meetings
• Creating reports
• Approving and submitting of VAT returns
• Filing of FSA returns

Skills

• Diagnostics
• Time management
• Using Microsoft Excel and other financial or accounting software
• Being result oriented
• Multitasking
• Communication
• Mentoring
• Technical expertise in accounting and Sage Accounts
• Organisation
• Accuracy
• Leadership
• Supervision
• Project management
• Planning

Education

A Chartered Accountant qualification is very beneficial to people who want to work as Company Accountants. Accountants in this capacity also hold various certifications such as an ICAEW, CIMA, ACMA, ACCA or ACA. A degree in Finance, Accounting or Economics is also acceptable.

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